Chapter 45: Prepping for Newness

July 21, 2010 • Written by Christina Berry

So, you want updates do you? Well, let me see what I can do. OH! I’ve got a major update. Look, new house shoes! They’re fuzzy AND they sparkle!

Okay, so maybe that’s not so much what you had in mind? Well, how about some progress then?

I’ll see what I can do…

But wait, this doesn’t look like progress? This looks like our mattress standing on end. Hmm…

Um, Errek? Whatcha doin?

Baby…but this is our bedroom.

You know, I distinctly remember asking for progress.

It was at this point, that it all became clear. See, the back walls of the house were built straight down onto the beam. This means that the floor butts up against the back walls. This just won’t do because we were ready to add new floor to the rear so we needed to be able to butt the new floor up to the old floor. In other words, this “progress” is also known as wall-be-gone…or rather wall-be-moved-about-six-inches-so-that-it-sits-on-the-existing-floor.

Meet the new wall within a wall.

With the new wall holding up the ceiling and roof, it was time to destroy the old wall.

This sort of thing is never not scary. Errek, baby, be careful, okay?

Hey, new back door.

And there it is. For the first time, we can see the back of the future master bathroom from the bedroom.

And now his favorite part.

Fast forward to demolished complete. Hooray!

Fast forward again to no more view of the bathroom from the bedroom, but you know what, night is coming and we need our bed back. Still, one wall out of the way.

Fast forward again to the other wall in the way — the kitchen. Turns out, it’s not easy to move walls when you have three appliances, a full cabinet, and a countertop in the way.

In prior blogs Errek observed that I’m always catching him making funny faces, so with this update he was consciously attempting to remedy that.

Um…yeah.

And wall-within-a-wall part II is built.

And this was the goal. That’s our floor peaking out there. So, are we ready to put the new floor down? Please say yes. Please say yes. Please say yes.

Um…no. See, there’s this other little detail we have to attend to. It’s a little pest called rust.

Yeah, you read that right. See, when you build your foundation out of steel, there’s not a lot you need to be afraid of, but suddenly you’ve got to care about rust. Okay, so what do I need to do in order to not care about rust? Oh, not much, just a little thing called Rust-Oleum paint. So we set to the painting. Well, actually we scrubbed and cleaned and scrubbed some more, and then we set to painting.

Hmm, new problem. Night time.

It’s hard to paint in the dark.

Problem solved! What you need in order to paint in the dark — really, really bright lights. Guinea Pig survey says, “They work, now turn them off.”

Okay, done. Can we put in floors now? No, that was just the primer coat. Now we have to put the real paint on it. Whaaaa? K fine. How’s about I paint while you go buy the lumber for the floor joists.

[insert elevator music here]

La la la…mmm mmm mmm. All the single ladies…all the the single ladies… Oh oh oh… Take these broken wings, and learn to fly again… oh man, we really need to invest in a portable radio.

But voila. It’s done. Battleship gray. It’s the USS PVR.

This is the last time you’ll see the view from the backdoor where there isn’t some semblance of a floor there. Take note!

And Errek is back with his bounty.

Okay. So, NOW can we put the floors down? Please say yes. Please say yes. Please say yes.

Yes.

Wait…what? Can you say that again?

Yes.

Holy crap. New floors…